For Immediate Release
January 14, 2015 – Hartford CT – The Crossroads Venture Group (CVG) has appointed Mary Anne Rooke as its Executive Director to succeed former Executive Director Elizabeth “Liddy” Karter, who led CVG for four years.
“Crossroads Venture Group is incredibly pleased to announce Mary Anne as its new Executive Director. Mary Anne has been an active leader in Connecticut’s investment and entrepreneurial community through her prior leadership roles as Chairman, President and Managing Director of Angel Investor Forum, Executive Director of UConn’s Technology Incubation Program at the Storrs, Avery Point and Farmington campuses, and as Executive-in-Residence for Connecticut Innovations. This, along with her prior experience in Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial community and public policy advocacy work in California and Connecticut, positions Mary Anne to lead CVG as it embarks on its next chapter of growth,“ said Nat Brinn, President of CVG Board of Directors and Principal at Vital Venture Capital LLC.
Mary Anne is the founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm. Previously, she held leadership positions in multiple industries ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in both publicly owned and privately held sectors and has served on boards and commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Connecticut. Through her management consulting, angel investor, and startup activities, she has worked closely with the entrepreneurial communities on both the east and west coasts of the US. Mary Anne is a mentor and advisor with tech startups in Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), UConn and also in the ASTIA and the Pipeline Fellowship networks for women-led startup ventures.
“Mary Anne’s unique experience at both ends of the investment process, as an angel investment leader and as an entrepreneur, has positioned her to lead CVG in bringing the investment ecosystem together to support CT’s emerging startup companies,“ said Elizabeth “Liddy” Karter, former CVG Executive Director and current Managing Director at Enhanced Capital Partners.
“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed the Executive Director of Crossroads Venture Group,” said Mary Anne Rooke. “My goal is to expand CVG’s core network of actively engaged resources in order to fuel more capital investment for our fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Northeast region.”
About Crossroads Venture Group:
The Crossroads Venture Group is a professional organization that is committed to connecting leading investment professionals with high-growth emerging companies. CVG’s mission is to assist the development of high-growth enterprises through the promotion of capital formation in Connecticut.
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